The current text of the bill says:
Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, each student enrolled in a public high school in Nebraska, as a requirement for graduation, shall complete an instructional program established by the American Heart Association, American Heart Cross, or another nationally recognized program which uses the most evidence-based guidelines on basic first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and operation of an automated external defibrillator and successfully pass a written test on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and operation of an automated external defibrillator.
You can read the full, current version, of the bill here: LB365. (Which was introduced on January 18, 2013.)
In a letter to the editor of the York Times News, a citizen makes the case for Nebraska to quickly join the cause, rather than being one of the last states in the union to make it happen.
I want to thank Senator Avery for introducing LB 365.
This bill requires students to be trained in CPR before they graduate from high school. I know the benefits the CPR. My life was saved with CPR when I had a cardiac arrest when I was 14.
My dad performed CPR and helped save my life. If it was not for the training he received in CPR from when he was (in) high school I would not be alive today. Multiple states, including Iowa, already require CPR as a high school graduation requirement and several states are considering adding this requirement right now. Just recently, Virginia added CPR as a high school graduation requirement.
Let’s not wait on this and become the 30th, 40th or 50th state to require this life-saving measure. If Iowa, Minnesota, Virginia and other states can do this then certainly Nebraska can as well. Think of all the thousands of potential life-savers that could be trained in CPR.
It’s time to pass this legislation now. Lives have and will be saved by someone who is trained in CPR. I should know because I am one of those whose life was saved. Please pass LB 365.